Fifteen international flights in three years. More than a dozen bank accounts totaling $ 20 million. A 156-acre property in New England, paid for in cash. That was the extravagant lifestyle of British socialist Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s no longer-just-alleged lady.
Maxwell, the wealthy, social daughter of the late British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, was unusually suited to this town. No one knew she was there until the authorities knocked on her door in July 2020 to arrest her.
Maxwell, 58 at the time of her arrest, but now 60, was convicted last week of five relationships related to sex trafficking.
After arrest of his ex-girlfriend Epstein in July 2019 – and his apparently self-inflicted death in a prison cell in Manhattan a month later – Maxwell had been a phantom, seen a handful of times in different places, but never for long.
Apparently full of money, she often moved to avoid being discovered, according to a lawsuit. Before that, she was more visible, performing in public and even giving a “Ted Talk” talk on environmental issues. After Epstein’s arrest, she changed her primary phone number and email address and ordered delivery packages under the names of others.
She became an international woman of mystery of sorts, and her whereabouts had been the subject of much interest and speculation.
She landed in a huge estate in the small town of Bradford, New Hampshire, a home acquired for more than $ 1 million in December 2019 through a limited liability company called Granite Realty, LLC.
The luxurious hiding place was where she was arrested.
Maxwell visited the property twice under an alias, according to a person with knowledge of the sale. And her name did not appear on any of the documents associated with the purchase, said another with knowledge of the sale.
“It’s clear who bought this property, wanted privacy, and they got it,” the person said.
The woman who runs the local Bradford Inn said no one in the roughly 1,600-person rural area 30 miles east of the state capital, Concord, even knew she was there.
“For this kind of city, it’s like ‘oh my gosh,'” Sally Caravan told the Miami Herald at the time. “It is a close-knit community, and as a rule, people are aware of whether something is wrong. So obviously she must have done a good job. “
On the day of Maxwell’s arrest, the property was secured by a locked gate about a quarter mile up the long driveway. Journalists put the entrance out, some had been escorted from the property by a man carrying a gun open. Vic Morris, a resident across the road, saw small, unmarked planes circling the property the morning before he went to work.
“I thought they were making a NASCAR up there,” Morris said. Morris discovered later that day that Maxwell has lived on the property. He said he had never met Maxwell.
“I could have seen her at the market curve and I would not have known,” Morris said. Several months earlier, he met a man associated with the property, though Morris said he did not catch the man’s name. The man spoke with a British accent.
Morris said he met the English person one winter morning as the man was plowing snow from the long driveway, across the road and onto Morris’ property.
“I could feel he was new to this,” Morris said. Maxwell – born in France and raised in England – did not appear to have any other connections to the area.
At the time of her arrest, the government identified 15 different bank accounts that were held by or linked to her from 2016. During the same period, Maxwell transferred huge amounts of money between accounts.
In March 2019, she moved $ 500,000 from one account to another. Four months later, Maxwell made another transfer – this time $ 300,000, the case states.
She also reportedly checked at least one foreign bank account containing more than $ 1 million. In 2016, Maxwell appears to have reaped significant revenue when she allegedly sold a home in New York through a limited liability company for $ 15 million, the case states.
Around the day of the sale, $ 14 million was deposited in an account owned by the Socialist, according to the archive. Days later, more than $ 14 million was transferred from that account to another opened in Maxwell’s name.
“In short, the defendant’s financial resources appear to be significant, and her numerous accounts and significant money movements make her overall financial picture opaque and indefinable, even after a review of bank records available to the government,” the court document states.
Maxwell had no children, did not live with any of the immediate family members and did not appear to have a job that would require her to stay in the United States, a lawsuit states. Moreover, she did not appear to have any permanent ties to the country.
Maxwell appeared at a video conference for U.S. Judge Andrea Johnstone in New Hampshire later in the day of her arrest, and was then taken to New York, where she has been imprisoned ever since.
Bradford, New Hampshire, was the beginning of the end.